Langford firefighter and Assistant Chief Lance Caven lost his life to pancreatic cancer on March 19th, and his loss is being felt throughout the community.
Because of how dear he was to the people of Langford, the city is planning a public memorial for people to attend and pay their respects and condolences.
Caven was known to be courageous and an inspiring mentor to all firefighters in Langford.
He joined the force in 1991 as a volunteer and has since served over 30 years, working his way through the ranks, and putting in great amounts of time and effort along the way.
In 2017, he was made Assistant Chief of Fire Prevention because he was recognized as a leader in promoting life safety education both locally and province-wide.
His catchphrase to those who worked alongside him was, “safety never takes a holiday”.
Caven’s colleagues and loved ones say they’ll miss him most for his laughter, kindness and enthusiasm.
“Lance was the heart of the department, someone everyone loved,” said Langford Fire Chief Chris Aubrey.
“Words alone cannot describe the impact he had on all of us and how deeply his loss will be felt throughout the fire service and the community.”
“I am honoured to have known this great man, and I know all of us will keep his family in our thoughts and support them through this difficult time.”
On Saturday, April 29th, at 1 p.m., Belmont Secondary School will host a memorial service in their gymnasium.
Prior to the memorial, a procession will take place at noon, arriving at Belmont School by 12:30 p.m. Following the service a reception will be held.
Members of the public are welcome to join the service and the reception.
“On behalf of Langford Council, I extend my sincere condolences to [Assistant Chief] Caven’s family and Langford Fire Rescue,” said Mayor Scott Goodmanson.
“Lance dedicated his life to serving his community, and I want to recognize both Lance’s sacrifice and that of his family.”
“Every day, first responders put their lives on the line to keep our communities safe. Like Lance, they are heroes, and we thank them for their service.”